If I should chance to leave someday
this world of peace and solitude,
to seek the cities far away
and leave the country far behind,
to see the buildings huge and tall
and meet the people living there,
I know I'd hear the freedom's call
and long to once again be here.

I know I'd hear the robins sing
and see the trees in stately splendor;
I'd hear the brook with its merry ring
and smell the apple blossoms in summer.
If I should ever chance to leave
because the fates ordained it so,
my heart would surely pain and grieve,
for country life is what I love.

Copyright 1949 Ruth Gillis

Published in Moments In Time August 1995
and in The Candlelight Poetry Journal Summer 1997

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